2) Stitch Me Together
3) Bring Me The Bride
4) Riding In Circles
5) Belfry Reverie
6) Zombies! Whoa Oh!
7) Under The Boardwalk
8) Dormant Souls
9) Frozen Heart
10) Dear Christine
11) Maddy Ferguson
Back when I first started The Deadhouse I began by reviewing a few of my favorite albums from the past few years. One of these albums was Before Daybreak by The Theatre Zombies, and if you’ve read the review you know I am a huge fan of the band. I had hoped that my review of the album would help expand their fan base, and I was pleasantly surprised when the review caught the attention of the band themselves. Due to this, and because of the expanding reach of the site (a huge thank you to all of you readers for that!) I was given the opportunity to get my hands on an advanced copy of their new release, In Early Mourning. Would the band be able to keep their momentum going off of Before Daybreak?
Right from the beginning of the opening track, Dorsia, you get the sense that the band has opted to not mess with what works. The driving guitar and drums leads us right into the fantastic vocals of frontman and guitarist R.F. Belmont. I have absolutely no qualms whatsoever saying that the vocals are some of my absolute favorites in not only horrorpunk, but any genre. The band knows that they have something unique with them, and as such, use the opportunity to have the drums of Tommy Transylvania, as well as the bass and backing vocals of Michael Van Buren to accentuate it perfectly. It all comes together beautifully, and the album sounds like the perfect progression from The Midnight Run and Before Daybreak.
Another thing that stands out with In Early Mourning is the pacing. Not once do the band opt to take the safe route and slow things down for a song or two. Right through Dorsia all the way through the closing Twin Peaks inspired Maddy Ferguson the band never lets up, and I feel the album is all the better for it. The flow just works wonderfully, and it keeps the energy level high throughout. Seriously, the closest you get to a slow song is the beginning of the awesome Dormant Souls but by the time the band hits the chorus you are right back where you belong. It’s something that few bands do, and may be considered a minor aspect, but it is something that really stood out to me.
Covering many different horror-centric topics, ranging from your typical bloodshedding, through a great tribute to The Bride Of Frankenstein (Bring Me The Bride), with a great zombies sing along (Zombies! Whoa Oh!, seriously, look at that song title and tell me it doesn’t make you wanna be in a pit screaming along), to another fantastic entry in the canon of songs inspired by the 1925 Lon Chaney classic The Phantom Of The Opera (Dear Christine). The album is an absolute monster and a great contribution to the horrorpunk genre.
If you haven’t taken the opportunity to check out The Theatre Zombies (and shame on you if you haven’t!) In Early Mourning will definitely work as a great jumping off point. And if you have been a fan for a while, I can assure you that the album is a logical progression of their sound, and definitely fits in with the rest of their work.
You can check out The Theatre Zombies on Facebook for the latest updates and check their Bandcamp to check their other albums and the forthcoming release of In Early Mourning. Of course a big thank you to the band for providing me with an advanced copy of the album for this review!